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June 2021

June17: G-Max Factor Bulbasaur and Squirtle Now Available!

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Start June 17, 2021

Following the recent Pokemon Home update, Bulbasaur and Squirtle with the Gigantamax Factor are now available to redeem via Mystery Gift!

Mystery Gifts
Pokemon SWSH - Bulbasaur ImageBulbasaur Pokemon SWSH - Squirtle ImageSquirtle

How to Get Mystery Gifts

June 17: Pokemon Home Maintenance

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Pokemon Home will undergo maintenance on Thursday, June 17, 2021 from 01:00 UTC to 06:00 UTC.

Following the schedule maintenance, users need to download a new update to use the app on mobile devices.

Pokemon HOME News & Guide

June 4: Froggy Pokemon Event!

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Start June 4th, 2021
End June 6th, 2021

A horde of frog-themed Pokemon are flooding the Wild Area from June 4 to June 6! Not only do you have a chance to get a Gigantamax Venusaur, you may also snag a shiny Politoed!

June 4th to June 6th
Max Raid Event
Pokemon SWSH - Ivysaur ImageIvysaur Pokemon SWSH - Poliwag ImagePoliwag
Pokemon SWSH - Croagunk ImageCroagunk Pokemon SWSH - Tympole ImageTympole
Pokemon SWSH - Poliwhirl ImagePoliwhirl Pokemon SWSH - Palpitoad ImagePalpitoad
Pokemon SWSH - Politoed ImagePolitoed Pokemon SWSH - Seismitoad ImageSeismitoad
Pokemon SWSH - Venusaur ImageVenusaur
Pokemon SWSH - Gigantamax Venusaur Image
Gigantamax Venusaur

List of Max Raid Events

June 3: Fair and Square Online Competition Announced!

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Start June 17th, 2021 (Thu.)
End June 20th, 2021 (Sat.)

The Fair and Square Online Competition has been announced! From June 17 to June 20, players can participate in a Singles Battle Competition.

While this online competition follows the standard ruleset of banning legendaries, it also disallows the usage of Sub-Legendary Pokemon such as Glastrier, Spectrier, Urshifu, and the Ultra Beasts to name a few.

Fair and Square Online Competition

June 1: Ranked Battle Season 9 Begins

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Start June 1st, 2021 (Tue.)
End June 30th, 2021 (Wed.)

Ranked Battle Series 9 is now live! WIth the new ruleset, Legendary Pokemon are once again banned from competitive play!

Ranked Battle Series 9 | Rules and Legal Pokemon

May 2021

May 21 - May 23: Wooloo Event!

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Start May 21st, 2021
End May 23rd, 2021

A herd of Wooloo and Dubwool are loose in the Wild Area from May 21 to May 23! You may even have a chance to find a Shiny Wooloo!

May 21 to May 23rd
Max Raid Event
Wooloo ImageWooloo Dubwool ImageDubwool

List of Max Raid Events

May 1: Ranked Battle Series 9 Announced!

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Start May 1st, 2021 (Mon.)

Ranked Battle Series 9 has been announced! Legendary Pokemon are once again banned from competitive play but the metagame is as offensive-oriented as ever!

Ranked Battle Series 9 | Rules and Legal Pokemon

April 2021

April 30 - May 2: Meowth Festival Event!

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Start April 30th, 2021
End May 2, 2021

Celebrate the Meowth Festival with a Max Raid Event featuring everybody's favorite Scratch Cat Pokemon! Not only do you have a chance to get a Gigantamax Meowth, you may even get a Shiny Galarian Meowth!

April 30th to May 2nd
Max Raid Event
Meowth ImageMeowth Alolan Meowth ImageAlolan Meowth
Gigantamax Meowth ImageGigantamax Meowth Galarian Meowth ImageGalarian Meowth

List of Max Raid Events

April 23: World Penguin Day Event!

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Start April 23rd, 2021
End April 25th, 2021 (Sun.)

Celebrate World Penguin Day with Pokemon Eiscue! Encounter Eiscue in Max Raid battles until April 25th, 2021. And if you are lucky enough, you might encounter a Shiny Eiscue!

April 23rd to April 25th
Max Raid Event
Eiscue ImageEiscue Eiscue ImageEiscue (Shiny)

List of Max Raid Events

April 05: Ditto, Centiskorch and More!

Start April 5th, 2021

Easter Pokemon have left the Max Raid Battles! Get ready to encounter Ditto, Centiskorch, and more! There's no information yet as to when this event will end, and if there will be an additional Gigantamax Pokemon in the coming days. But, this might be available for the rest of April. We will make sure to add more details as soon as we get more information. Stay tuned!

April 5th to TBA
Max Raid Event
Ditto ImageDitto Centiskorch ImageCentiskorch
Drednaw ImageDrednaw Orbeetle ImageOrbeetle
Corviknight ImageCorviknight Dubwool ImageDubwool

April 02: Bunny Pokemon Max Raid Battles!

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Start April 2nd, 2021
End April 4th, 2021 (Sun.)

Bunny Pokemon on Max Raid Battles starting from April 02, 2021, until Easter Sunday! You'll have an increased chance to encounter Azumarill, Lopunny, Diggersby, and, a Shiny Azumarill if you're lucky!

Gigantamax Cinderace will also be making a rare appearance in five-star Max Raid Battles and will give you lots of useful Candy upon defeating it. You will not be able to catch it at the end of the battle, but those useful candies are worth having!

April 02 to April 04, 2021
Max Raid Event
Gigantamax Cinderace ImageGigantamax Cinderace
Azumarill ImageAzumarill Lopunny ImageLopunny
Diggersby ImageDiggersby Azumarill ImageAzumarill

April 01: Uncatchable Magikarp on Max Raid Battles!

Start April 1st, 2021
End April 1st, 2021 (Thu.)

Magikarp is on Max Raid Battles for the entire day! But the thing is, you will be unable to catch it. Yes, you read it right! Players will only be able to encounter Magikarp because this event is made to celebrate April Fool's Day. Though, you can still get items after each battle. Well, that's a good prank right there. Happy April Fool's Day!

April 01, 2021
Max Raid Event
Magikarp ImageMagikarp

March 2021

March 26: Floral Pokemon Special Max Raid Battles!

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Start March 26th, 2021
End March 28th, 2021 (Sun.)

Celebrate spring in Galar Region by catching flower-themed Pokemon! Encounter Vileplume, Bellossom, Cherrim, Lilligant, Lurantis, and Comfey in Max Raid Battles. You'll also have a chance to encounter a Shiny Lilligant too!

March 26 to March 28, 2021
Max Raid Event
Vileplume ImageVileplume Bellossom ImageBellossom
Cherrim ImageCherrim Lilligant ImageLilligant
Lurantis ImageLurantis Comfey ImageComfey
Lilligant ImageLilligant

March 19: Dynamax Crystal Distribution Event!

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Start March 19th, 2021
End April 19th, 2021 (Mon.)

Good news for Players in certain European countries! To tie in with the release of Battle Styles TCG set, they have distributed Dynamax Crystal (☆Sgr6913) that you can use in Max Raid Battle to encounter Gigantamax Appletun in Sword and Gigantamax Flapple in Shield. You can get the serial code from the list of stores below.

Store Location
GameMania (Online Store) Netherlands
GameMania (Online Store) Belgium
Micromania (Online Store) France
Gamestop (Online) Italy

This is for a limited time only, don't miss this chance!

March 04: Spikemuth Cup!

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Start March 19th, 2021
End March 21st, 2021 (Thur.) 11:59 PM GMT

Get ready and register for the Spikemuth Cup Single Battle competition! This competition can be very challenging and put your skills to the test, it has the same restriction that all Gym Challengers face when battling in Spikemuth. So, Dynamaxing and Gigantamaxing are not possible. Also, your Battle Team can't have more than one of the same Pokemon and can't bring the same item. Give your best shot!

Eligible Pokemon
Galar Pokedex No. 001–397
Isle of Armor Pokedex No. 001–210
Crown Tundra Pokedex No. 001–209

How to Register

The registration will be from March 04, 2021 to March 18, 2021. To register for the competition, follow the steps below:

1. Launch your Pokemon Sword or Shield game.
2. Press the X button.
3. Select VS.
4. Select Battle Stadium.
5. Select Online Competitions.
6. Select Search Official Competitions.

Results and Gifts

The ranking results of the battle will be available in April 2021 (date subject to change). Once the results are posted, you can view your rankings and receive your participation gift by following the same steps you followed when you registered.

March 01: Fairy and Flying Type Pokemon!

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Start March 1st, 2021 (Mon.)
End March 31st, 2021 (Wed.)

New month, new Max Raid event! This month, it is all about Fairy and Flying Type Pokemon. You will get a chance to encounter Gigantamax Hatterene and Gigantamax Corviknight. Don't miss this chance, grab them all!

March 01 to March 31, 2021
Max Raid Event
Gigantamax Pokemon
Gigantamax Hatterene ImageGigantamax Hatterene Gigantamax Corviknight ImageGigantamax Corviknight

February 2021

February 26: Gigantamax Pikachu on Pokemon Day!

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Start February 26th, 2021 (Fri.)
End February 28th, 2021 (Sun.) 11:59 PM GMT

In celebration of Pokemon Day, a Gigantamax Pikachu will be available on Max Raid Battle! If more than 1M players will defeat Gigantamax Pikachu, a reward will be distributed. This event will run from February 26th to 28th. Mark your calendar!

100 Armorite Ore 100 Dynite Ore
Distribution Date
March 2nd ~ March 14th, 2021

February 25: Pikachu with Sing Move!

Start February 25th, 2021 (Fri.)
End March 25th, 2021 (Thur.) 11:59 PM GMT

Pokemon will celebrate their 25th year with a music motif! There will be a virtual concert featuring global superstar Post Malone who is also an avid fan of Pokemon. Together with this, players can also get Pikachu with Sing move starting February 25th! The move Sing is an attack that Pikcahu can't normally learn. Make sure to get it!

Mystery Gift Code P25MUS1C

Pikachu Moveset

Level 25
Ability Lightning Rod
Held Item Light Ball
Moves Sing
Electro Ball

Pikachu - Evolution and Learnset

Virtual Concert on Pokemon Day

You can watch the virtual concert on February 27th for free! Just tune in to Pokemon's 25th Anniversary website, the official Pokémon YouTube channel, or the official Pokémon Twitch channel starting at 12:00 a.m. GMT.

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February 19: Shiny Toxtricity Event!

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Start February 19th, 2021 (Fri.)
End March 18th, 2021 (Thur.) 11:59 PM GMT

GameStops have confirmed the distribution of Shiny Toxtricity. This event is in ties with the new TCG set release, Shining Fates, and will run starting from February 19, 2021.

You can get Shiny Toxtricity at participating game stores with no purcahse necessary! To receive your Shiny Toxtricity, drop by to the nearest participating GamesStop and scan the QR code using a Pokemon Pass app. Don't miss this chance!

Country Store
US GameStop using Pokemon Pass.
Curbside pickup is also available.
Canada, Australia, and New Zealand EB Games
Call the store or knock on the front door and request for a code.
Germany and Italy GameStop's website
France Micromania's website
Belgium and Netherlands GameMania's website

Shiny Toxtricity Moveset

Level 50
Ability Punk Rock
Held Item Throat Spray
Moves Overdrive
Sludge Wave
Rising Voltage

Toxtricity - Evolution and Learnset

Redeem Shiny Toxtricity through Mystery Gift

1. Launch Pokemon Sword or Shield.
2. Press X button, and select Get a Mystery Gift.
3. Select Get with Code/Password
Make sure you are connected to the internet.
4. Enter the code.
5. Wait for a while, and receive Shiny Toxtricity!
6. Don't forget to save the game!

February 12: Milcery Valentine's Day Event

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Start February 12th, 2021 (Fri.)
End February 14th, 2021 (Sun.) 11:59 PM GMT

A special Max Raid for Valentine's Day! Up until February 14th, players can encounter Milcery on Max Raid Battle and receive different kinds of sweets, including Star Sweets and Ribbon Sweets, which are only available during special events. These sweets allow Milcery to evolve into different forms of Alcremie. Don't miss this opportunity! Also, you have a small chance to encounter a Shiny Milcery during this Valentine's Day event.

February 12 to February 14, 2021
Max Raid Event
Milcery ImageMilcery Milcery ImageMilcery

February 04: Special Max Raid Battle Event!

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Start February 4th, 2021 (Thurs.)
End February 8th, 2021 (Mon.) 11:59 PM GMT

Here is a Special Max Raid event in celebration of the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle! It will feature Pokemon from the movie, including a chance to encounter a Shiny Cramorant. All players can also receive cool items Cramorant swallowed if they defeated Cramorant more than 500,000 and 1 million times. Players will receive these items via Mystery Gift.

Number of Players Items
500,000 Players Flame Orb, Toxic Orb and Light Ball.
1,000,000 Players Gold Bottle Cap, 3 Bottle Caps and 3 Pearl Strings
Items Distribution Date
February 10, 2021 (Wed.) 12:00 AM GMT - February 28, 2021 (Sun.) 11:59 PM GMT
Pokemon with Increased Appearance Rate
Quagsire ImageQuagsire Flygon ImageFlygon Golurk ImageGolurk
Cramorant ImageCramorant Indeedee ImageIndeedee

February 01: Fighting and Psychic Type Gigantamax Pokemon!

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Start February 1st, 2021 (Mon.)
End February 28th, 2021 (Sun.)

February's Max Raid Event is all about Fighting and Psychic Type Pokemon. Challenge them more frequently in Pokemon Dens, featuring Gigantamax Machamp and Gigantamax Orbeetle. Remember, February has shorter days, don't miss this chance!

February 01 to February 28, 2021
Max Raid Event
Gigantamax Pokemon
Gigantamax Machamp ImageGigantamax Machamp Gigantamax Orbeetle ImageGigantamax Orbeetle
Pokemon with Increased Appearance Rate
Fighting-type Pokemon Psychic-type Pokemon
Machamp ImageMachamp Orbeetle ImageOrbeetle
Lucario ImageLucario Reuniclus ImageReuniclus
Falinks ImageFalinks Gothitelle ImageGothitelle

January 2021

January 22: Ranked Battle Series 8 Rules Announced!

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Start February 1st, 2021 (Mon.)
End April 31st, 2021 (Fri.)

The ruleset for Ranked Battle Series 8 have been announced! From February 1 to April 31, 2021, players can now include one Legendary Pokemon on their team!

Ranked Battle Series 8 | Rules and Legal Pokemon

January 22: Year of the Ox!

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Availability Period
Start January 22nd, 2021 (Fri.)
End January 24th, 2021 (Sun.) 11:59 GMT

A special Max Raid event in celebration of the Year of the Ox is now available! You will get a chance to encounter Shiny Tauros, as well as Miltank and Bouffalant. This event will only run for only 3-days.

January 1: Normal and Dragon-type Gigantamax Event

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Availability Period
Start January 1st, 2021 (Fri.)
End January 31st, 2021 (Sun.) 11:59 GMT

January's the season for catching Gigantamax Snorlax and Gigantamax Duraludon in the latest Wild Area event! It will be a while before these Pokemon are as commonly available again, so don't miss this chance to grab them. Two other Normal and Dragon type Pokemon are available at increased rates in Max Raids as well.

January 01 to January 31, 2021
Max Raid Event
Gigantamax Pokemon
Gigantamax Snorlax Image
Gigantamax Snorlax
Gigantamax Duraludon ImageGigantamax Duraludon
Normal-type Pokemon Dragon-type Pokemon
Bewear ImageBewear Cinccino ImageCinccino
Haxorus ImageHaxorus Goodra ImageGoodra

January 8: Shiny Skwovet and Shiny Greedent!

Availability Period
Start January 8th, 2021 (Fri.)
End January 10th, 2021 (Sun.) 11:59 GMT

A similar event from November 2020 is returning to Max Raids for 3-days! Get a chance to encounter a Shiny Skwovet and Shiny Greedent. This Wild Area Event will also feature Pokemon such as Cherubi, Morelull, Shiinotec, Foongus, and Amoonguss.

January 08 to January 10, 2021
Max Raid Event
SkwovetSkwovet (Shiny) GreedentGreedent (Shiny) FoongusFoongus
MorelullMorelull CherubiCherubi ShiinoticShiinotic
AmoongussAmoonguss - -

Past News

Check out our list of past news for information on the events, distributions, and wild areas news you may have missed!

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